This Five Mile an Hour moment is brought to you by the letter “A” as in “annoyed” that my car is giving me grief, and number 500 which is the cost of this grief. Yesterday was one of my more stressful days, which I wish I didn’t have to deal with. Though in the grander scheme of things, its one of those things were I am thankful that it was only that type of stress. As my mother keeps reminding me there are other things happening in the world to other people, in which my experience to them is something that is welcomed. Which brings me to perspective. It’s these little hitches in life, where the mundane is erased and life comes rudely comes a knocking. For many, life is comfortable and we forget the ills of the world and let each day pass without taking a closer look at what is happening around us. For the past few months I have been enamored with a song that has copious amounts of Autotune, which as a musician feels needs to be used responsible. Though for this particular song, I was able to set my feelings aside and listen to words that reverberated from this unlikely source. The song I speak of is “A Glorious Dawn” by a John Boswell who’s project The Symphony of Science delivers scientific knowledge and philosophy through music. I found this song during my many jaunts into Youtube and after first watching it I was intrigued. Clips taken form Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was used to build this rather enchanting song. Now some would say this is pretty nerdy, and I would some point agree but the words resound with a message of perspective. The chorus of this song is “A still more glorious dawn awaits, not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise, a morning filled with 400 billion suns and the rising of the milky way.” I find this to be one of most creative and thought provoking chorus I’ve heard in a while. Most of the song touches upon ideas that graze the surface our understanding of the universe, but the most important thing I got out of this song is perspective, and where does everything lie with in the larger picture. I am also reminded of perspective from this past Sunday’s homily, where the message was to prepare ourselves and not to sit idle. We all live in different worlds sort of speak, we have a collection of beliefs, interactions, knowledge, and understanding of the space we occupy. Each of our “worlds” has the ability to affect other worlds so it is important to treat our own “worlds” or lives with respect. Perspective, sometimes it takes a Five Mile an Hour moment to figure out where in our worlds we live in.
Use Autotune responsibly, friends don’t let friends Autotune.